1975 La Mission Haut Brion

- 750 ml
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Wine Critic Reviews:

The 1975 continues to demonstrate that it is one of the most extraordinary wines made at La Mission-Haut-Brion in the post-World War II era. It has a fabulous perfume of cassis fruit, minerals, licorice, truffles, and spicy oak. Unbelievably concentrated, full-bodied, and powerful with no sign of age in the very dark ruby color, this massive La Mission remains extremely tannic and far from maturity. The finish must be experienced to be believed, as it must last 90 seconds or more. This is one of the most concentrated and highly extracted La Missions made in the last 20 years, and I cannot see it ever being ready to drink before the year 2000. It is a monumental effort and certainly the wine of the vintage. In terms of aging potential, it may be the wine of the decade. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2050.

Robert M. Parker, Jr. | 100 RP
The 1975 La Mission-Haut-Brion has been the most consistent wine of the vintage. Super-concentrated, and now beginning to shed enough tannin so that it can be fully appreciated, this enormously constituted La Mission-Haut-Brion has developed that fabulous Graves set of aromatics - tobacco, black fruits, minerals, roasted herbs, and cedar. Huge, massive, thick, and succulent, with moderate tannin, and some amber notes at the edge, this wine will reach full maturity by the turn of the century and last for 30-40 years. An extraordinary La Mission-Haut-Brion, it comes closest in style to resembling the 1945, with a hint of the sweet, ripe 1959.

Robert Parker | 100 RPHG
Very good medium red. Redcurrant, plum and tobacco aromas show a somewhat cool, primary quality. Dense and still rather youthfully tight in the mouth; offers a supple texture but comes across as distinctly less sweet than these other vintages of La Mission. Tannins are lively and harmonious, but the finish shows the dry edge that characterizes the 1975 vintage. Still developing. Drink now through 2030.

Vinous Media | 93 VM
This has been heralded as one of the greatest La Missions ever, but I have my doubts. Will it ever come around? Deep, dark aromas; full-bodied, with superb concentration of fruit, but extremely tough and tannic, with high alcohol. Lacks a bit of balance. Could become like the '37?--La Mission-Haut-Brion vertical. Best from 1995 through 1997.

Wine Spectator | 90 WS

Sokolin 1975 La Mission Haut Brion Tasting Notes:

Almost everyone that has tasted this vintage of La Mission Haut Brion claims that it's one of their most enjoyable vinous experiences. It's certainly a titan, a bold, bombastic wine that demands attention and steals it effortlessly. On the nose, the attack becomes very obvious, very quick, with powerful aromatic traces of black fruit, scorched earth, plum, chocolate, and leather, along with a tasteful mineral undertone. Most of these carry on over to the palate, where the full potential of this beautifully layered wine graces your senses. It's a multi-dimensional, mind-expanding experience, and you will never be the same after tasting it.

Wines like this need to be sampled to be believed, so make sure you're stocked up for various social occasions where a bottle is worth opening. Maybe a few for the cellar as well, just for good measure. Your friends will beg you for your contact book after just one glass.
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Vintage 1975
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer La Mission Haut Brion: With roots that date back to the 16th century, Chateau La Mission Haut Brion has a lot of history under its proverbial belt. This historical aspect shines through very clearly in their wines, as does the compelling terroir they have the privilege of working with. The wines are powerful but elegant, never taking a single wrong step as they dance on top of your tastebuds. Drink deep and immerse yourself in an aromatic cocktail of ripe fruit, embers, smoke, and tobacco (if you chose a red wine) or get overwhelmed by a tidal wave of oceanic notes, honeysuckle and tropical fruit (if you chose white). Wines like these leave a lasting impression, and can singlehandedly change the way you think of wine as a whole.
Rating 100 RP
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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